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MPCA eUpdate | August 18, 2015
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August 18,  2015
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The MPCA eUpdate will be on a two week hiatus. The next eUpdate will be published on September 8. In the meantime, grants, news, events and announcements will be posted on our website. 

MPCA Presents U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow with Distinguished Community Health Champion Award

Throughout the month of August, Health Centers across the nation plan events and community outreach to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers. This year, Health Centers celebrate 50 years of providing quality, affordable, comprehensive primary and preventive health care in the U.S.

Last week, during National Health Center Week (August 9 – 15), Michigan Health Centers hosted over 100 events to celebrate Health Center successes with the communities they serve through holding health fairs, symposiums, meet and greets and visits by Members of Congress and their staff. The weeklong national celebration comes on the heels of new data that shows Health Centers now serve over 24 million people (or one in 14 Americans) at more than 9,200 delivery sites throughout all 50 states and U.S. territories.

In recognition of her Health Center support and leadership, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow will receive the National Association for Community Health Centers 2015 Distinguished Community Health Champion Award on August 18 at 1 pm ET at the Thea Bowman Community Health Center in Detroit. Kim Sibilsky, Chief Executive Officer of the Michigan Primary Care Association, the voice and membership association for Michigan’s Health Centers, will present the award to Kim Corbin, Sen. Stabenow’s Legislative Counsel. Sen. Stabenow is unable to attend the event due to a prior commitment. While at the Health Center, Ms. Corbin will go on a tour of the Advantage Health Center site.

“Every year, August brings the celebration and recognition of Health Centers and during this time, raising awareness of Health Centers is a key focus. Reaching out to thank our Members of Congress, who have provided their unyielding support of the Health Center mission and accomplishments is important,” stated Sibilsky. “We are especially grateful for the efforts of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), whose leadership helped Health Centers avert a massive funding cliff that would have resulted in the loss of health care services in Michigan.”

Last week, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $169 million in Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding to 266 Health Centers in 46 states, five of which are located in Michigan. Eight Michigan Health Centers received ACA funding earlier this year. With $9 million in ACA funding granted in Michigan in 2015, it is projected Michigan Health Centers will increase access to health care services for nearly 53,000 additional Michiganders. Today, Michigan Health Centers serve more than 615,000 Michiganders at more than 250 delivery sites.

“It is an honor to partner with the Michigan Primary Care Association as Michigan Health Centers provide quality, affordable health care to families who do not have access to basic medical services,” said Senator Stabenow. “Because of their work, moms and dads have the peace of mind of knowing they can take their children to a doctor and get them the health care they need. I will continue to do everything I can to make sure these Health Centers have the resources they need to continue to providing affordable health care."

Centering® Model of Care and Learning Community Cohort Accepting Applications

The Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) clinical staff, the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services and Centering Healthcare Institute (CHI) have collaborated once again to provide support for start-up costs and implementation of a second Michigan Health Center Learning Community cohort for the Centering® Model of Care.

The Centering® Model of Care is a model of group health care which incorporates three major components: assessment, education, and support. Patients meet with their care provider and other group participants for an extended period of time, usually 90-120 minutes, at regularly scheduled visits over the course of their care. Centering promotes greater patient engagement, personal empowerment, and community-building. 

Michigan Health Centers are encouraged to apply and will be selected based upon their readiness for transformation and by the populations/services of focus. Up to three Health Centers will be selected into the competitive program and eligible to receive resources valued up to $50,000. Applications are due to MPCA by September 11, 2015, and Health Centers will be notified of awards by the end of September.

Interested applicants are encouraged to attend a pre-application webinar on August 26, 2015, from 1:30 - 2:30 pm ET. The webinar, presented by Molly Ryan, Practice Services Manager, Centering Healthcare Institute and Trudy Esch, Perinatal Nurse Consultant, Michigan Department of Health & Human Services, will provide an overview of the project's scope, eligibility requirements, application, and implementation timeline. Please
register in advance.

For additional information on this opportunity, please contact Lindsay Sailor

Thanks for a Successful National Health Center Week 2015 

Thanks to all who joined us last week in celebrating National Health Center Week 2015 (NHCW)! The week was packed with activity, including approximately 100 events across Michigan hosted by 31 different Health Centers. Many of the events were attended by current and former federal, state, and local elected officials or their representatives as well as officials from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, including Director Nick Lyon. 

A national social recap is available on Twitter as well as Michigan specific tweets. Thank you for sharing your photos captured at events - we are featuring a small collection on our Facebook page.

If you have not done so already, please email pictures from NHCW to
Alyssa and let Colleen know of any elected officials that joined you for your events. Don’t forget to also submit entries to NACHC’s NHCW Picture and Video Contests by August 21, 2015!  

Thanks to all who hosted, coordinated, attended, and participated in NHCW events. The outpouring of support from communities and leaders helped make the week an incredible success! 

Have You Taken the EHR/EDR Assessment Survey

As a regular occurrence, Health Centers reach out to the Michigan Primary Care Association in regards to EHR/EDR and the everyday challenges associated with the systems. In order to determine the need for assistance in regards to your current EHR/EDR system, level of satisfaction, interest in vetting new vendors, consideration of new vendors, and level of assistance you desire, please take a few minutes to complete a EHR/EDR Survey. The EHR/EDR survey will close on September 4, 2015.

Quality Improvement Directors & Patient-Centered Medical Home Networks Monthly Conference Calls Resume

Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) has resumed the monthly teleconference calls for Quality Improvement Directors (QI) and Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Networks. On August 12, close to 30 Health Center clinicians and staff convened on a conference line to become reacquainted with one another, share information, common concerns and best practices related to quality and process improvement initiatives. Two specific topics covered were population health management and the role of registries, and optimal staffing models within the PCMH.

MPCA will continue to host monthly calls on the second Wednesday of the month, and hold a webinar with a guest speaker on a quarterly basis. Monthly calls and webinar topics will include chronic disease management tools and resources, care management models and related challenges/successes, Federal Tort Claims Act, clinical measures and guidelines, quality improvement projects, quality improvement models including LEAN and PDSA, best practices on how to implement and sustain PCMH within clinics, medical assistant competency processes within the PCMH model of care, risk management processes, credentialing and privileging, and tracking and referrals, among others.

If you and/or a member of your organization is interested in additional information or in being added to the distribution list, please contact Simmi Isaac.

We're Hiring a Member Services Director

Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) is accepting applications for a Member Services Director. The director is responsible for the management of all membership activities, including board and membership meetings and various committees. In addition, the director will provide leadership for MPCA's communications, training and events team, manage and assess Health Center needs, and develop strategies and tools to increase and retain membership and sponsorship opportunities.  

Speakers, Posters, Exhibitors, Sponsors Sought for Fall Clinical Conference Sought

Registration is now open for the 2015 Clinical Conference scheduled for October 16, 2015, at the Suburban Collection Showcase, Diamond Center, in Novi, Michigan. The theme for this year's conference is Improving Patient Health - It Takes The Whole Team.

In addition, presenter, exhibitor, sponsor and poster opportunities are available. The submission deadline for presenters and posters is September 4, 2015. For more information on this opportunity, contact
Llekken Neal.

Michigan Primary Care Association Honored by Enroll America for National Health Center Week

During National Health Center Week Enroll America recognized the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) for our work in helping low-income and medically underserved communities receive necessary primary care services, community outreach and education on health coverage options, and enrolling the uninsured in quality coverage.

“MPCA’s work has made them a true cornerstone of their community and a trusted resource to uninsured Michiganders,” said Erin Knott, Michigan State Director for Enroll America. “Thanks in part to their hard work, we’ve seen a dramatic decline in the uninsured rate in Michigan. But we know there’s more work to be done, and we’ll continue our efforts across the state to ensure that affordable health coverage becomes a way of life in Michigan.”

Since the launch of the Health Insurance Marketplace in 2013 and the Healthy Michigan Plan in 2014, MPCA has collaborated with Enroll America to identify areas of need in Michigan and expand access to in-person enrollment assistance to help residents find a plan that fits their needs and budget.

“MPCA and Enroll America have a history of collaboration and we are proud to work alongside Enroll America to equip our Health Centers and assist Michigan residents in having access to quality health care and health coverage,” said Julie Tatko, Enabling Services Director, Michigan Primary Care Association. “Michigan Health Centers play a critical role in patient and community education, outreach, health navigation and coordination. Between July 2013 and March 2015, Michigan Health Center Outreach and Enrollment staff provided assistance over 236,000 times by answering health coverage questions, and providing education on new health coverage options and benefits. With the help of Enroll America, we are able to provide high- quality, low-cost care to the residents in Michigan.”


More News from MPCA



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Webinar: Fund Development Recap and Overview of Types of Fundraising
August 20, 2015, 11 am - 12 pm ET

Webinar: Centering Model of Care and Learning Community Pre-Application 
August 26, 2015, 1:30 - 2:30 pm ET

MPCA Annual Conference
August 30 - September 1, 2015
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Acme, MI

MPCA Fall Clinical Conference
October 16, 2015, 8 am - 5 pm ET
Suburban Collection Showcase, Diamond Center, Novi, MI


More MPCA Events


More Career Opportunities


MPCA posts job openings at Michigan Health Center Program grantees, Michigan FQHC Look-Alikes, and MPCA active member organizations. To submit a job opening for posting in the online MPCA Career Center and in the MPCA eUpdate, email the job title, a brief overview, a bulleted list of qualifications, and instructions on how to apply to with Job Posting in the subject field.



New Website & Resources to Help Communicate with Patients Under New Breast Density Law

Earlier this summer, the Michigan Breast Density Notification Law went into effect. Because of the law, all women who undergo mammography in Michigan will receive a letter from the facility where they received their mammogram describing their breast density and mammogram results in order to raise awareness of breast cancer risks.

In addition to raising awareness, the law also urges patients to discuss their mammogram results with their primary care provider. This is to decide if supplemental imaging, in addition to the mammogram, should be considered based on their individual risk.

To assist with discussions, an online education resource has been created for physicians by the University of Michigan Health System in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. It is designed to improve understanding of the Michigan Breast Density Notification Law and how it can be used to help Michigan residents. 

New Access Point Funding Granted to Five Michigan Health Centers

On August 11, 2015, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced an additional $169 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support 266 new Health Center sites in 46 states across the country. The new Health Center sites are projected to increase access to health care services for over 1.2 million patients. 


“These funds build on the strong legacy of the Health Center program and provide even more individuals and families with access to the care they need the most,” said Acting Deputy Secretary Mary Wakefield. 


New Access Point grant awards totaling $4,020,676 have been awarded to five Health Centers in Michigan. With this funding, Health Centers will be able to provide care up to a proposed 24,435 Michigan residents. This announcement builds upon $5,056,209 awarded to eight Health Centers in Michigan in May.  

“The New Access Point grants announced yesterday will allow Health Centers to reach further into communities where necessary health care services are often scarce,” states Rebecca Cienki, Chief Operating Officer, Michigan Primary Care Association. “This added investment recognizes the pivotal role Health Centers play in the lives of over 600,000 Michigan residents and the success Health Centers have demonstrated in improving health and wellness in the communities they serve.”  

The press release MPCA issued is available here.

Students to Service Loan Repayment Program Application Cycle Now Open

The 2016 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now open!

Eligibility is open to medical students (allopathic or osteopathic) in their final year of a U.S. accredited school who are planning to pursue a career in primary care, and are committed to working in underserved communities with limited access to care.

Students to Service loan repayment award recipients receive up to $120,000 (tax free) for three years of full-time service or six years of half-time service. Upon completion of residency, recipients serve as primary care providers in an NHSC-approved site in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) of greatest need. The 2016 Students to Service application cycle closes on October 22, 2015 at 7:30 pm ET.  

More State & National News




Webinar: Opioid Overdose Intervention and Drug Disposal Strategies

August 19, 2015, 1 - 2:30 pm ET 

Webinar: Three Strategies for Effective Referrals to Specialty Mental Health and Addiction Services
August 19, 2015, 2:30 - 4:30 pm ET

Webinar: Telehealth: A Game-Changer for Health Care - Are the Laws Keeping Pace?
August 20, 2015, 1 - 2:30 pm ET

Webinar: Rescheduled HRSA Substance Abuse Expansion Resources 
September 8, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET

Webinar: Leveraging Managed Care to Support Community Health Workers and Promote Population Health
September 9, 2015, 9:30 - 10:45 am ET

Infant Safe Sleep Forum
September 15, 2015, 8 am - 4 pm ET
Vista Tech Center, Schoolcraft College, Livonia, MI

Michigan Consumers for Healthcare Coalition Meeting 
September 16, 2015, 1 - 4 pm ET
American Indian Health and Family Services, Detroit, MI

Michigan Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights Annual Meeting
September 18, 2015, 9:30 am - 2 pm ET
St. Vincent Catholic Charities, Lansing, MI

Hepatitis C Workshop
September 23, 2015, 8:30 am - 1 pm ET, Flint, MI
September 24, 2015, 8:30 am - 1 pm ET, Kalamazoo, MI

Your Oral Health Program - Strategies for Success
November 15, 2015, 8 am - 5 pm ET
National Network for Oral Health Access
Indianapolis Marriott, Indianapolis, IN 

Save the Date: Families USA Annual Health Action Conference
February 4 - 6, 2016
Washington, DC

More Upcoming State & National Events



 More Resources in MPCA's Education & Resource Center 




National Coalition to Enhance STD/HIV Prevention through Promotion of a Holistic Approach to Health and Wellness
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services
Due: September 10, 2015

Reducing Health Disparities Among Minority and Underserved Children
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services
Due: October 16, 2015


More Funding Opportunities


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